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Do Emotions Represent Values by Registering Bodily Changes?

(Original title: Do Emotions Represent Values by Registering Bodily Changes?)
Organon F, 2009, vol. 16, No 1, pp. 62-81.
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This paper outlines Jesse Prinz’s theory that emotions represent values by registering bodily changes, discusses two objections, and concludes that Prinz’s theory stands in need of modification: while emotions do represent values, they do not do so in the first place by registering bodily changes, but by processing information about how things we care about fare in the world. The function of bodily changes is primarily to motivate and prepare us for action.

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